Being pregnant is wonderful! Not only do you have a human being growing inside you, but you also get to experience the strange changes that you once only heard about at your big sister's shower 🙂 As Carl and I sat down for dinner the other night I realized that as strange as these cravings once were, they have become a part of who I am for the time being; and I rarely notice them anymore. This particular night I had rummaged through the pantry in the efforts of throwing together a quick, light dinner. Carl ended up with a burrito, and I was very happy with my yogurt and pickled okra. I didn't think much of my choice until Carl looked over and said, “You know that's just a variation on pickles and ice cream.” 🙂
Being pregnant has not only changed my food cravings, but my spiritual cravings as well. I am encouraged by Jesus' words in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” As I think about being prepared for parenthood, my biggest desire is to be prepared spiritually. I long to live a life that demonstrates Jesus' love to my child. My mouth nearly waters as I crave time with Jesus, and I love knowing that my hunger and thirst for him will be filled.
I am learning more and more that what I feed my body matters, especially when an unborn child is depending on my for nutrition. I want to be as dependent on Jesus for spiritual food as my unborn child on me for physical food. So today, I am surrenduring my heart to Jesus and asking Him to fill me with His righteousness and cleanse me of my selfish desires. I am asking Him that in the moments that I don't long for His righteousness that He change my desires and reign over my heart.
Take a few minutes to reflect on these thoughts:
What is your favorite food/beverage? What activity do you think about all day long until you get to do it?
How much do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? What are you doing to feed yourself spiritually?